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Aetna Foundation Supports The Food Project’s Community Outreach and Education Programs

The Food Project is pleased to announce a $25,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation. Funding will support a number of community outreach and education programs in the Dudley neighborhood of Boston including:

Build-a-Garden – which builds raised-bed gardens for residents in the community and provides support for recipients to grow their own food. Participants are provided with seeds, seedlings, informational workshops, growing guides, and other support.

Farm to Family – a program that aims to remove barriers to access healthy food by allowing low-income families in Dorchester and Roxbury to purchase a weekly share of produce from The Food Project’s farms during the summer and fall at a reduced price. Participants can also use SNAP benefits to purchase their weekly shares.

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Ninety-Nine Year Lease given to The Food Project to farm land on West Cottage Street

The Food Project is excited to announce that the Dudley Neighbors Inc. (DNI), which has ownership over the parcel of land at 40 West Cottage where The Food Project has farmed on a year-to-year basis since 1998, has granted The Food Project a 99-year lease.


“We are excited to continue our relationship with DNI and to know that this land will be farmed for the next 99 years. This opportunity provides vibrant space for The Food Project and community members to grow healthy food for years to come,” says J. Harrison, executive director at The Food Project. “This serves as an important symbol and validation of the importance of urban agriculture.”

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Dudley Greenhouse invites proposals for community projects


"The Dudley Greenhouse opened its doors in 2011 as a community green space and, during the past 4 years, has served many residents and community groups.

The greenhouse provides space for food production as well as workshops, activities, and other programming that support residents in growing food and sharing cultures and resources. For this upcoming year, we invite proposals from groups and individuals to once again use and share this wonderful community resource.

The greenhouse is a 10,000-square-foot facility in the Dudley neighborhood of Roxbury. Owned by The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), leased by The Food Project, and guided by the Greenhouse Community Advisory Committee, it operates year-round as a food production and educational space.

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The Power of Food


The story behind the story, "Momos remind them of home" in The Boston Globe is one of youth, food and community. 

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The Eos Foundation supports The Food Project's work with youth and sustainable agriculture

The Food Project was chosen for the 15th consecutive year by the trustees of the Eos Foundation to receive a $100,000 grant. With this support, The Food Project will continue our powerful youth development programs, sustainably manage seven farms throughout the region, and engage with community members to increase food access and food security through our harvests, educational offerings, and resource development in our communities.

“We are truly grateful for the longtime generosity of The Eos Foundation to support our work of empowering youth to build a more just and sustainable food system,” says J. Harrison, executive director of The Food Project.  “We look forward to continuing this productive partnership.”

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The Food Project receives Cummings Foundation grant

The Food Project has been selected as one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “100K for 100” program. The Lincoln-based organization was chosen from more than 350 applicants during a very competitive review process. This award, over three years, will help The Food Project provide meaningful summer jobs for at least 240 young people that increase leadership, communication, and workplace skills. With these young people, The Food Project will grow and harvest more than 750,000 pounds of food, and provide 450,000 servings of fresh produce to underserved residents.

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John Wang named North Shore Regional Director at The Food Project

The Food Project is pleased to announce the appointment of John Wang to the position of North Shore Regional Director, effective June 8.  


Wang is a graduate of the International Health Policy and Management program at the Heller School at Brandeis University and joined The Food Project in May 2005. His experience in youth advocacy spans work in education, literacy, HIV-AIDS prevention, and community service promotion. Most recently, Wang served as the North Shore Programs and Community Outreach Manager.

“I am grateful to John for the amazing work he has done over the years, especially on the North Shore. With his experience, deep relationships in Lynn and in the region, his great care and commitment to our community of youth and adults, and his passion for The Food Project, our North Shore region is in good hands for years to come,” says James Harrison, executive director.

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J.'s Corner: Where there is a seed, there is hope

A message from Executive Director J. Harrison, published in the Spring 2015 edition of Happenings. To read the full newsletter, click here


In my first season at The Food Project in 2005, my job was to turn forty 12-foot-high piles of soil in Lynn into a farm.

The cold, early days of April were rough. High salt content in the soil made it tough for our early crops. Some second graders decided ripping up irrigation lines was a fun thing to do. A couple of high school students walking by yelled, "Hey man. What are you doing?" I yelled back, "Building a farm!" There was a long pause, laughter, and the response, "That won't work! You’re in the city." A growing sense of dread built in my chest. "What if this doesn't work?"

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Jazz Under Glass - Celebrating Community

 


Jazz, fashion, and delicious food, all in a glorious garden setting, marked the third annual Jazz Under Glass at the Dudley Greenhouse on Sunday, June 7.

 

The event, hosted by The Dudley Greenhouse Advisory Committee, celebrates and supports community-based programming at the Greenhouse. Emcee Fulani Haynes welcomed guests who enjoyed lively music by The Fred Woodard Collaborative, delicious food from local chefs and gardeners, greenhouse tours, family activities, and fashions by The House of Nahdra.

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Join The Food Project's Ride For Food team

Cyclists and volunteers raise funds to combat hunger 


 

"Our team had a great time riding last year. With three different routes, avid cyclists and casual bicycle riders can all participate and enjoy being part of a community effort to support The Food Project and help end food insecurity in New England."

 

- Joe Stein, co-captain of The Food Project's team

 

 

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